The National Spokesman of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe has decried the killings, maiming and burning down of communities by the Nigerian military at the slightest provocation in the Niger Delta region.
Comrade Ekerefe disclosed this while speaking to newsmen in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital saying this recent incidents constitute a threat to the peace and stability the region has enjoyed in recent years.
He noted that IYC as the umbrella body in the region that has contributed to the peace in the land has a duty to inform the people of this ugly trend which has become recurrent.
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” We have watched with restraint, the murderous destruction of communities, killings and maiming of innocent children, men and women including the elderly under the pretense of going after unrepentant militants and oil thieves”
He pointed out that Nigeria’s Joint Task Force has in the past fifteen years decimated more than 80 communities, towns and villages in the Niger Delta for unjustifiable reasons, worship centres were also desecrated.
Comrade Ekerefe emphasized on the need for the military to go after criminal pirates and kidnappers disturbing the water ways in their camps and not transfer their aggression on defenceless communities.
He expressed dismay at the anguish being unleashed on people rendered homeless pointing out that even in the North East and West where bandits operate, the military do not ransack communities in the guise of looking for terrorists.
” As a council, we have collated all evidences and shall be taking appropriate legal action against the military to put to end these crimes against humanity”
The IYC Spokesman reiterated the council’s support for any sincere action against economic sabotage and the remediation of the environment which has been degraded.
Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe called on all lovers of freedom and the entire world to join the Ijaw nation to stand against military oppression and genocide.
“The Niger Delta region is peaceful. Therefore the Nigerian government should immediately withdraw all its military troops and deploy them to the north where they are needed to curtail insecurity ”
While speaking on the decision of the NNPC to award the surveillance contract to High Chief Ekpemupolo Government also known as Tompolo, Ekerefe said he has the capacity to reduce oil theft in the region and should be supported by all stakeholders in the Niger Delta region adding that the NNPC should inform the state governments, traditional rulers and youth leaders about the rules of engagement, scope of work and contribution of the job to human capital development.